In 1994, the Auditorium underwent a major renovation to restore the landmark to its former glory with the addition of the latest technology in sound, lighting, and engineering, central heat and air conditioning, a 14,000 square foot support building for ticketing, offices, concessions and a gift shop. Today, the Ryman Auditorium is a world-renowned, state-of-the-art performance hall that is hailed for both its striking beauty and phenomenal acoustics and has seen the likes of performers such as Aretha Franklin, Annie Lennox, ZZ Top, and Norah Jones, to name but a few.
The Ryman Auditorium is located at 116 5th Ave North, Nashville and is open for tours and ticket daily from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm. Visitors can explore the Auditorium on self-guided tours or enjoy a guided backstage tour for a nominal fee, as well as cutting your own record or CD in the Ryman's recording studio. Budding musicians can bring an original composition or pick one of the classic songs available and one of the professional sound engineers will record your rendition in the Ryman Auditorium.
Backstage Tours include a guided walk through the dressing rooms of famous Ryman guests such as Hank Williams and Minnie Pearl, standing in the wings where performers like Elvis Presley and James Brown stood waiting for their cue, and exploring the famous “Ryman Alley” where the Everly Brothers were discovered. Backstage Tours are offered on the hour and half past from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm. The Ryman Auditorium can be hired for specific events and functions and offers several venues to cater for every need. The auditorium itself seats 2,362 people, while the Upper Lobby boasts theatre-style seating for 80 guests, seated dinner seating for up to 100 people, or reception space for 125 guests. On stage, 120 guests can be seated for dinner, or 180 for reception-style gatherings and the historic 5th Avenue Vestibule can cater for up to 75 guests in a reception-style arrangement.
The Opry Store offers a wealth of fantastic music and entertainment-related gifts, including clothing, gifts, books, collectibles, décor and ornaments and more. The Ryman Auditorium is also home to the Bluebird Café, a casual café where visitors can enjoy freshly brewed coffee, homemade sandwiches, salads, decadent desserts and hot and cold drinks.
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Address: 116 5th Ave North, Nashville, Tennessee 3721, Phone: 615-889-3060
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